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A wind farm located in Albany, Western Australia, harnesses the wind to make energy for our use.  When the wind blows, it turns the blades of the wind mill, which then turn a turbine located inside.  The movement of the turbine creates energy that is stored in a battery.

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Engineering for the Planet
Event
EDUCATION

Engineering for the Planet

Rocket scientist and engineering activist SHAH SELBE has been charged by elephants in Botswana and swum with sharks in the Pacific. Experiences like these only deepened his love for nature and led him to invent cutting-edge surveillance drones and sensors that are saving the environment—on lan...

  • Best for: All
  • Concepts: africa, botswana, conservation, data, drones, elephant, emerging explorers, engineering, environment, fishing, marine ecosystems, nature, ocean, okavango river, poaching, pollution, renewable energy, shah selbe, technology
Engineering for the Wild
Event
EDUCATION

Engineering for the Wild

A rocket scientist and engineering activist, SHAH SELBE has swum with sharks in the Pacific and been charged by elephants in Botswana. These experiences deepened his love for nature and led him to invent cutting-edge conservation drones and sensors that are saving the environment—on land ...

  • Best for: All
  • Concepts: africa, botswana, conservation, data, drones, elephant, emerging explorers, engineering, environment, family, fishing, kids, marine ecosystems, nature, ocean, okavango river, poaching, pollution, renewable energy, science, shah selbe, stem, stem education, student matinees, students, technology
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You Have the Power
Interactive
EDUCATION

You Have the Power

Make informed energy decisions by exploring the relationships between factors such as geographic location, availability of energy resources, cost, and environmental and community impacts.

  • Best for: Grades 8-12 (ages 13-18)
  • Concepts: coal, community impacts, electricity, energy, energy resources, environmental impacts, fossil fuels, geographic location, hydroelectricity, natural gas, non-renewable energy, nuclear energy, petroleum, renewable energy, solar energy, wind energy
Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy
Article
EDUCATION

Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy

Use the MapMaker Interactive to find out which countries are getting their electricity from renewable sources of energy and how they are doing it.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: biomass, electricity, energy, environment, geothermal energy, greenhouse gases, hydroelectricity, natural resources, renewable energy, solar energy, wind
When Food is Fuel
Video
EDUCATION

When Food is Fuel

Growing food for biofuel, like ethanol, diverts resources from creating crops for food and other uses. This impacts international food systems, economics, and policy in significant ways.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: biofuels, economics, food, geography, hunger, policy, renewable energy, trade
What Are Our Energy Choices?
Lesson
EDUCATION

What Are Our Energy Choices?

In this lesson, students explore the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources for generating electricity. A particular focus is given to natural gas extracted from shale formations through the hydraulic fracturing process. At the end of the module, students will be able to compare th...

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
Energy Efficiency
Activity
EDUCATION

Energy Efficiency

Students explore data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on electricity flows and electricity consumption in the United States. Using the data, students propose how electricity generation and use can be made more efficient.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: coal, conservation, electricity, energy consumption, fuel, hydro, kilowatt hour, natural gas, negawatt, nuclear, population, renewable energy
Global Wind Day
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Global Wind Day

On June 15, 2009, the world first celebrated Global Wind Day, recognizing the sustainable power of wind energy.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: renewable energy, sustainability, wind, wind energy
Tidal Energy
Photo
EDUCATION

Tidal Energy

Diagram of tidal energy technologies.

  • Concepts: equipment, renewable energy, technology, tidal energy, tides
Wearable Power
Article
EDUCATION

Wearable Power

How do you charge electronics in the field, without access to electricity? Solve a real-world National Geographic explorer problem and submit your solution, failure or success, to this challenge.

  • Best for: Grades 1-12 (ages 6-18)
  • Concepts: energy, engineering, engineering exploration challenge, exploration, explorers, renewable energy, stem
Solar Panels
Photo
EDUCATION

Solar Panels

Photo of a man laying out thin, flexible, black panels.

  • Concepts: construction, nanotechnology, renewable energy, solar panels
Case Study: Cape Wind Project
Article
EDUCATION

Case Study: Cape Wind Project

The Cape Wind project's goal is to develop additional sources of wind energy in the Nantucket Sound. Learn why it has faced very strong opposition for more than 10 years from some stakeholders, even after gaining the last of the necessary permits and approval from the federal level in 2010.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: case study, conflict resolution, conservation, decision-making, electricity, energy, massachusetts, renewable energy, stakeholders, tourism, wildlife conservation, wind energy, wind farms, wind turbines
Case Study: Klamath Basin
Article
EDUCATION

Case Study: Klamath Basin

The livelihoods of communities in the Klamath Basin are directly linked to the Klamath River. Learn how the communities negotiated agreements to seek the resolution of many conflicts regarding water rights, fisheries, and power generation.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: case study, conflict resolution, dams, decision-making, energy, energy conservation, fisheries, geothermal, klamath basin, klamath river, non-renewable energy, renewable energy, salmon, stakeholders, water rights, wildlife conservation
First Hydroelectric Plant Opens
Historic Article
EDUCATION

First Hydroelectric Plant Opens

On September 30, 1882, the first hydroelectric power plant began operations along the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: dams, energy, environment, hydroelectricity, power plants, renewable energy, rivers, wisconsin
Biodiesel Engine Tested Successfully
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Biodiesel Engine Tested Successfully

On August 10, 1893, mechanical engineer Rudolf Diesel successfully tested the engine that would eventually bear his name.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: biodiesel, energy, engines, renewable energy, technology
Yes, In My Backyard!
Article
EDUCATION

Yes, In My Backyard!

Explore the interwoven stories of a Dane and a Texan who convinced their neighbors to harness the wind and rebuild their communities as a result.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: communities, electricity, energy, fossil fuels, renewable energy, surplus power, wind, wind energy, wind farms, wind power
Humans & Energy
Article
EDUCATION

Humans & Energy

Some people have too little energy; others burn too much. This video clip also explores why our use of energy affects the atmosphere.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: coal, electrical grid, electricity, energy, energy consumption, energy use, fossil fuels, hydropower, natural gas, nuclear power, oil, population, renewable energy, sustainability
Renewables Roundup
Article
EDUCATION

Renewables Roundup

Richard Alley puts numbers on global renewable resources: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and conservation.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: biofuels, electricity, energy, energy use, geothermal power, hydroelectric power, renewable energy, solar energy, solar power
Lightbulbs in the Desert
Article
EDUCATION

Lightbulbs in the Desert

The idea of concentrated solar power is 100 years old. Explore the journey from Philadelphia a century ago to the Sahara of the future.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: electricity, energy, renewable energy, sahara, solar energy, solar power
The New Empire of Cleantech
Article
EDUCATION

The New Empire of Cleantech

If China, India, and the U.S. continue to burn coal without capturing CO2, we’re in trouble. Watch to learn about China’s plans and progress.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: carbon capture, carbon dioxide emissions, climate, climate change, co2, coal, electricity, energy, fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, low-carbon living, renewable energy, thermal power
Careers in Renewable Energy
Article
EDUCATION

Careers in Renewable Energy

Watch videos of a live event focused on STEM careers in renewable energy.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: careers, electrical grid, energy, engineering, live event, math, renewable energy, science, stem, stem careers, technology, wind energy
The Energy Landscape in 2015
Image
EDUCATION

The Energy Landscape in 2015

Understanding energy challenges and solutions is critical to making informed energy decisions—an essential skill for all citizens. Comparing the world’s projected energy consumption and global population density illustrates both where in the world energy is used and our universal need for it. This ...

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: energy, maps, renewable energy, solar energy
Our Energy Future
Article
EDUCATION

Our Energy Future

Use our classroom poster to excite your students' curiosity about the future of energy.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: energy, energy consumption, non-renewable energy, population density, real-world models, renewable energy, smart technologies
Connect! Transform the Future
Internal Resource
EDUCATION

Connect! Transform the Future

Find educator resources about energy sources and resources, energy efficiency, and energy conservation.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: alternative energy, biofuels, biomass, connect, connect energy, electrical grid, energy, energy conservation, energy consumption, energy efficiency, energy resources, energy sources, national geographic movies, nonrenewable energy, renewable energy, solar energy, solar power
Affordable Energy for Our Future
Activity
EDUCATION

Affordable Energy for Our Future

Students discuss affordable energy and create a working definition of the concept. They discuss factors that could affect future energy supplies, conduct research, and then debate the topic: Will there be enough affordable energy in the United States in the near future? They create a multimedia pres...

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: energy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, energy resources, non-renewable energy, renewable energy